As classic, and the number one filmmaking term actors need to know. This is your cue as an actor to start the scene. This could be a movement or a delivery of a line but as the word implies, it is time to get moving. Usually delivered by the director, or the 1st AD, who follows the end of a take with a loud “CUT!” when it's time to stop the scene (and cameras) from rolling.
Blocking or blocking a shot is basically the camera positioning process that the director, lighting crew and D.P (director of photography) must work out per each movement and position of all involved in a scene. This helps coordinate all aspects of filming ahead of time so minimal adjustments need to be made.
This is basically a condensed version of the overall script you should have learned, just the section that is being filmed that day is in this copy. It makes the referral to the scene easier for both production crew and actor to have it on hand, rather than the much larger original format. This is also a term used in casting for audition scripts that are selected specifically for a character.
You can likely guess what this term means from its self-explanatory title- and no it is not a ballet step! It is yours (and everyone else’s- co-stars, extras, etc) first position in a scene and where you will begin your lines/movement from a specific point on set if there is movement. A director may even halt a scene and want to start it “from the top” and require all on set to return to first positions.
Now any movie lovers will know that this golden word symbolises the end of a long day of shooting; hearing “And that’s a wrap” tends to elicit tired cheers and applause from the crew and actors. As you can tell it means to wrap things up and shows that all shooting for that production has ceased and it is time to pack up equipment and go home as everything is taken over by post production.
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